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Spring 2017


 2017/2018 Season

 

Blood Brothers (Musical)

Book, Music and Lyrics by Willy Russell

Directed by Jake Wilhelm

Musical Direction by

August 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 2017

"Tell me it's not true. Say it's just a story..."

Blood Brothers, by the author of Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, is a haunting rags to riches tragedy of our times. A woman with numerous children to support surrenders one of her new born twins to the childless woman she cleans for. The boys grow up streets apart, never learning the truth but becoming firm friends and falling in love with the same girl. One prospers while the other falls on hard times. A narrator warns that a price has to be paid for separating twins: the lives of the blood brothers, who die on the day they find out they are related.


"A full bodied musical, a wonderful melodrama that is also a thoroughly modern ballad opera." - Wall Street Journal


"A genuine crowd pleaser...Blood Brothers remains a one-of-a-kind show...and no musical theater fan should fail to experience it." - Theater Week
 

"For years we have...longed for a show in which words and music, characterization and songs are given equal weight...Blood Brothers is such an event." - Time Out

"Blood Brothers sparkles on Broadway. Willy Russell has the gift for heartbreak...This musical's power to terrify, amuse and beguile gallops along...It is impossible to leave Blood Brothers unmoved. Even people who don't like musicals will love this work." - Connecticut Post

Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


Rehearsal for Murder (Mystery)

Adapted for the stage by D. D. Brooke

From the television play by Richard Levinson and William Link

Directed by Reuben Albaugh

September 29, 30, October 6, 7, 13, 14, 2017


This is a thrilling "theatrical" mystery in which the theatre becomes the set for the play. The playwright turns on the stage work light and prepares for the first reading of his new play. The actors, producer, director and others connected with the show come onto the stage, and under their humorous (and utterly real) theatrical talk, tension grows. We discover that everyone connected with this play was involved with another play by the same playwright. At its opening night, exactly a year ago and in this same theatre, the beautiful leading lady, who was also the playwright's fiancee, was murdered! As these people start with the new play, startling connections to the murder begin to unfold. The growing tension reaches the boiling point with surprising revelations, countered by others even more surprising. The dazzling, yet basically logical twists build to a climax and solution that are theatrically stunning! The authors of this thriller have all had direct Broadway experience, and their dialogue has a special sting of wit and reality.

Produced through special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Inc.



Peter and the Starcatcher (Comedy with Music)

A Play by Rick Elice

Music by Wayne Barker

Based on the Novel by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson

Directed by Gloria Minnich

November 24, 25, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 10*, 15, 16, 2017

(*2:00PM Sunday matinee)

Audition Dates October 1 & 2, 2017

11 Men, 1 Woman

Produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, Inc.

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). This is a wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novel. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

Featuring a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, Peter and the Starcatcher uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to bring the story to life.


"Peter and the Starcatcher is all about storytelling as a lively (and live) art, and the energized complicity that s forged between the teller and the listener. ...The story simultaneously being told and celebrated is as elaborate, simple, cozy and scary as the best bedtime stories are."
– The New York Times

"Peter and the Starcatcher is a tiny show, but spectacle, wit, and joy spill out of it like treasure from a magic pocket. A cast of twelve, a couple of trunks, and a versatile length of rope yield more storytelling than most oversize spectaculars can manage. ... A miniature classic."
– New York Magazine

"Beaming with dizzy humor and delightful stage magic, Broadway's Peter and the Starcatcher is a big dipperful of fun. ...Peter Pan will never grow up. But his origin story has matured nicely."
– New York Daily News

 

"Clever and joyous entertainment.... A celebration of youth and of the power of theater to inspire children and adults alike."
– Backstage

 


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"Beaming with dizzy humor and delightful stage magic, Broadway's Peter and the Starcatcher is a big dipperful of fun. ...Peter Pan will never grow up. But his origin story has matured nicely."
– New York Daily News

 

"Clever and joyous entertainment.... A celebration of youth and of the power of theater to inspire children and adults alike."
– Backstage

 


A Life in the Theatre (Comedy)

By David Mamet

Directed by Todd Frymier

January 19, 20, 26, 27, February 2, 3, 2018

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-The-Plow, takes us into the lives of two actors: John, young and rising into the first flush of his success; the other Robert, older, anxious, and beginning to wane. In a series of short, spare, and increasingly raw exchanges, we see the estrangement of youth from age and the wider, inevitable and endless cycle of life, in and out of the theatre.

"A comedy about the artifice of acting... It is also about the artifice of living... An evening of pure theatre." - The New York Times

"A comic masterpiece." - New York Daily News

"The warmest and often the funniest play in town." - New York Post

Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
 


The Glass Menagerie (Drama)

By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Scott Frey

March 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 2018

Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother's nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the world of the movies. Laura also lives in her illusions. She is crippled, and this defect, intensified by her mother's anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself. The crux of the action comes when Tom invites a young man of his acquaintance to take dinner with the family. Jim, the caller, is a nice ordinary fellow who is at once pounced upon by Amanda as a possible husband for Laura. In spite of her crude and obvious efforts to entrap the young man, he and Laura manage to get along very nicely, and momentarily Laura is lifted out of herself into a new world. But this crashes when, toward the end, Jim explains that he is already engaged. The world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable collapses about them. Tom, too, at the end of his tether, at last leaves home.

A multiple award winning drama of great tenderness, charm and beauty, The Glass Menagerie is one of the most famous plays of the modern theatre.

Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


Calendar Girls (Comedy)

By Tim Firth

Directed by Brian H. Wagner

April 27, 28, May 4, 5, 11, 12, 2018

When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theatre history.

"Calendar Girls, with a script by Tim Firth who also co-wrote the movie, achieves exactly what it sets out to do. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it leaves you feeling better about life than you did when you entered the theatre." - The Telegraph

"It’s a show full of poignant moments – about friendship, determination and hope; about loss in many forms; about the importance of acceptance; about knowing when to let go. But it also offers plenty of humour, as the six friends and WI members decide to pose nude for a calendar" - Liverpool Daily Post

“Unashamedly sentimental and full of heart and bare-faced cheek, Tim Firth's stage adaptation of his own film script, inspired by the group of Yorkshire WI members who stripped off for a charity calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research, should rake in a bob or two itself." - The Guardian

Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
 


A Little Night Music (Musical)

Book by Hugh Wheeler

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

Suggested by a film by Ingmar Bergman

Directed by Christopher J. Murphy

Musical Direction by Ben Wedler

June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 2018


Sondheim creates a stunning tour de force when he takes Ingmar Bergman's comedy of manners, Smiles of a Summer Night, and turns it into a musical of masterful execution and elegance. Winner of four Tony Awards, this is a musical work that has forever entranced the world of theatre.

Set in 1900 Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress, Desirée Armfeldt, and the men who love her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. When the traveling actress performs in Fredrik's town, the estranged lovers' passion rekindles. This strikes a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between Desirée; Fredrik; Fredrick's wife, Anne; Desirée's current lover, the Count; and the Count's wife, Charlotte. Both men – as well as their jealous wives – agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country at Desirée's mother's estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises.

A Little Night Music is full of hilariously witty and heartbreakingly moving moments of adoration, regret and desire. This dramatic musical celebration of love is perfect to showcase your highly trained singers with its harmonically advanced score and masterful orchestrations, and contains Sondheim's popular song, the haunting "Send in the Clowns."

"Heady, civilized, sophisticated, and enchanting."
– The New York Times

"Possesses not only style and imagination and an attractive score, but also a somewhat unusual quality that combines humor with a touch of sadness."
– New York Post

"A jeweled music box of a show; lovely to look at, delightful to listen to."
– TIME Magazine

"Aglow with a brilliant and irresistible warmth."
– New York Daily News

Produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International

 

 

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